Tag Archives: UC

Conversation translation in real-time with Microsoft Lync

A really cool feature in Lync Client 2010 is the conversation translator. It uses Bing with Silverlight, and lets you chat with someone using a language you don´t master. It translates the conversation in real-time!

In the mean time, read this great blog post which explains how to enable the feature:
http://ocsguy.com/2011/02/17/lync-client-conversation-translator

The translation function uses the Microsoft.Lync.Model.Conversation namespace from the Lync Model API to intercept instant messages and provide translation using Bing Web Services.
Features include:

  • The sample provides an example architecture for registering for and handling asynchronous Lync 2010 API events in Silverlight.
  • Register for two Conversation related events: ParticipantAdded and InstantMessageReceived.
  • Use the BeginSendMessage method and callback.
  • Uses the Bing Translator Web Service.

More information at msdn

Syncing this weekends Lync Links

Here´s a few interesting Microsoft Lync links I’ve found this weekend. There’s been lots of posts covering the news of Lync RTM and GA. I won’t take much notice of that for now… Show blog post at Office Communications Group Team Blog

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Microsoft UC vs Cisco UC: http://wp.me/pl9EY-7T

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New blog post: View Configuration Information from the Lync 2010 Client http://bit.ly/9cuVHH
New blog post: Microsoft Lync 2010 Frequently Used Keyboard Shortcuts http://bit.ly/907Xgc #ucoms #lync #ocs

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Read more about Microsoft Lync RTM and General Availability on the UC Group Team Blog http://bit.ly/doF5fm #ucoms #lync #ocs

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SO COOL: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Tool: Adoption Reporting. http://bit.ly/9x3Fw1

Post by Mark Hickson: Lync Server 2010 Audio Test Service http://bit.ly/a1N4ow

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Lync 2010 Client Policies http://bit.ly/duZT0z

As always, visit Nexthop for great information on Mycrosoft Lync and Office Communications Server

Use Microsoft UC Learning Path Tool to locate CS14 training

Microsoft Partner Network has launched a UC learning website that makes it easier to plan your training!

Visit http://uclearningpaths.com/

It’s a great place to locate training for Communications Server 14 and BPOS.

As a bonus you can install it in your start menu or desktop as a Silverlight application.

A screenshot from the Learning Path Tool:

Microsoft Next Hop links to Unified Blog as a Unified Communications Resource

It feel great that Next Hop UC Blog World links to Unified Blog! I have to be doing something right 🙂

Your one-stop source for blog highlights and links from dozens of the very best blogs about Unified Communications.

Microsoft Next Hop: “Whether you’re new to Office Communications Server and Unified Communications, simply looking for some helpful hints, or trying to get some serious information, we’ll help you find what you need”.

To all everyone at Next Hop, thank you for maintaining and updating a great site.

Unified Communications Glossary from Microsoft

The terminology when reading technical documentation on Office Communication s server and Microsoft Unified Communications can sometimes be rather complex. It’s not as if you can look up the terminology in a dictionary.

Have a look at Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Unified Communications Glossary
http://bit.ly/9Pkn8j

Leading UC vendors joins forces in Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF)

“The Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) is a non-profit open alliance of worldwide communications technology leaders working together to realize the potential of unified communications (UC) by increasing efficiency, decreasing implementation costs and improving the interoperability experience for UC customers. The UCIF’s vision is to enable interoperability of open, standards-based UC hardware and software across enterprises, service providers and consumer clouds, as a means of generating incremental business opportunity for all stakeholders in the ecosystem and of increasing the business use of UC technologies and services. The UCIF creates and tests interoperability profiles, implementation guidelines and best practices for interoperability between UC products and existing communications and business applications. Visit www.ucif.org to learn more.” – HP.com

UCIF Founders: HP, Microsoft, Juniper, Polycom, Logitech

For updated news on UCIF, please visit http://bit.ly/bD6avb

Office Communications Server 2007 R2: New Group Chat Downloads

Microsoft has recently released two new downloads related to the Group Chat functionality in Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Hotfix KB 980042
This download contains updates for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat.

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat SDK
The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Software Development Kit (SDK) includes documentation and sample applications developed with the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat platform.

Supportability is available for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system

Finally! Why has it taken so long to support OCS 2007 R2 on Windows Server 2008? I have no idea!

However, now it’s supported…but don´t expect to upgrade to R2 without problems.

Microsoft Support KB982021

Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Office Communications Server 2007 or Live Communications Server 2005 does not work correctly after you upgrade a domain controller to Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system Microsoft KB982020

Microsoft’s PBX killer: Communications Server “14” announced at VoiceCon

Microsoft announced Microsoft Office Communications Server “14” at VoiceCon in ORLANDO, Florida. — March 24, 2010

Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate VP of MSFT Office Communications Group, presented new features during a demonstration of OCS and disclosed the availability date to the second half of 2010.

OCS is designed and built to work with Office Exchange and SharePoint. Pall mentioned a number of important features: VoiceMail, E911 Support, Call Admission Control, Branch Office Survivability,Location Awareness Capabilities.

A screenshot of the new Office Communicator (client software for OCS)

A collection of  URL’s providing great info on OCS “14”

Microsoft Connects People in New Ways With Communications Server “14”

VoiceCon Keynote Liveblog: Microsoft

“Microsoft Unified Communications customers benefit from investment and innovation by multiple partners rather than being forced to buy from only one supplier, and can select the third-party products that best meet their unique needs. Microsoft is excited to highlight newly announced partner solutions that complement Microsoft Communications Server “14,” including:

Common area, desktop, and conference room IP phones optimized for Microsoft Communicator “14”
Aastra
Polycom

Call Accounting and Recording
Nice Systems
Quest

Enhanced 9-1-1 call routing services
911 Enable
Intrado

Contact Center
Aspect

Survivable Branch Appliances that provide local telephony services in the event of a wide area network failure
AudioCodes
Dialogic
Ferrari electronic AG
HP
NET

Now you can start planning to throw your old PBX in the thrash!

UC consultant – get a broader (business) perspective!

Unified Communications in all it´s technology oriented glory is amazing to work with. I really like to get some perspective on how customers (companies) adopt the technology in their organizations. Harvard Business Review gives you tech guys (me included) a broadened perspective.

Unified Communications (UC) has been the buzz word for a long time but I like the add an extra “C” to give it more relevance.
Building one silo for communication and another for collaboration is the wrong way to go! So let´s use the term UC&C (Gartner) as often as you can. To make it even easier to adapt, I like using “communication & collaboration” when talking to with

Harvard Business Review offers  – HBR Today – a great iPhone app that let´s you learn more by reading blogs, listening to audio/video casts.

In my job as Senior Consultant at UClarity, it´s the combination between technology and business that we want to offer our customers!

It´s not enough to tell the CEO/CTO/CFO that they will benefit from UC&C, it´s so much easier for a decision maker if they have a strong partner helping with a business case (that includes end-user feedback) and a strategy.

Don´t let Microsoft, IBM or Cisco build your UC&C strategy, that´s something that should be done by a vendor independent consultant.